+This package provides a statically-linked version
+of the ``zmq`` Python library,
+which is the official interface between Python
+and the `ZeroMQ`_ messaging library.
+The official distribution for the ``zmq`` library
+is called ``pyzmq`` here on PyPI,
+and is maintained by Brian E. Granger:
+.. _ZeroMQ: http://www.zeromq.org/
+This ``pyzmq-static`` distribution was created by Brandon Craig Rhodes
+after he became frustrated with having to install both ``libuuid-dev``
+and ZeroMQ itself on every machine where he then wanted to install ``pyzmq``.
+Whether you use Linux or Windows,
+this package should download and compile with a quick ``pip`` ``install``
+assuming that you have the normal tools in place
+for building Python extension modules at all
+(which are, specifically, the GNU C and C++ compilers for POSIX systems,
+and the free Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Express for Windows machines).
+This Python package is statically linked against ZeroMQ,
+which means that it carries its own copy of ZeroMQ around inside of it.
+If your Python program imports any other libraries or modules
+that themselves link against ZeroMQ,
+then they will find themselves talking to a different
+copy of the message queue libraries than your program does.
+The two copies of ZeroMQ might have different versions;
+they might lack shared copies of data structures
+that would be necessary to coordinate in-process queues;
+or they might break altogether,
+depending on how they and your operating system's dynamic linker
+But, this static version has always worked for me so far.
+This package uses a "setup.py" file,
+which Brandon Craig Rhodes happily offers under a BSD license,
+to build a shared library built from three different source distributions.
+To use the result, you must adhere to the licensing terms of all three
+pieces of software, which are as follows:
+* The UUID routines from "util-linux-ng": BSD
+* The "zeromq" source: LGPL
+* The "pyzmq" source: LGPL
+So, okay, those are not very restrictive licensing terms.
+See the source files themselves for more information.